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Northumberland festive fairs and seasonal music herald countdown to Christmas

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Belsay will be getting the festive season underway on November 5-6 © English Heritage

November is traditionally the start of the festive events season – and this year is no exception.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens will be throwing open its doors on November 5-6 for its annual Christmas Festive Gift Fair.

Expect to find a variety of specialist crafts and unique gifts on sale in the austerely Classical Greek Revival mansion between 10am-4pm both days.

Infact, Belsay has a host of Christmas events planned from the chance to Meet Santa Claus on November 26-27 at a Victorian-inspired Yueltide celebration to special wreath making  sessions on December 10 between 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3pm.

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Visitors will have a chance to taste and buy Brocksbushes Farm’s exclusive range of Christmas delicacies between November 10-13 when the thriving rural retail centre holds its 13th annual festive fayre.  There will be a huge Christmas gift and craft marquee while the tearoom will have seasonal nibbles and drinks on the menu.

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HospiceCare Northumberland will be holding its annual Christmas Craft and Food Fayre at Doxford Hall on November 27 with at least 40 stallholders expected to participate. Go to

Wallington’s Christmas celebrations will kick-off on December 2 with the chance to do some late night shopping between 6pm-8pm. This will coincide with a special Christmas by Twilight event in the National Trust run mansion which will be decorated for the season and lit by candles.

This will be followed by Wreath Making Workshops on December 3  and 5-6 between 10am-4pm. Tickets cost £38 including lunch and all materials. Call 01670 773600.

Christmas at Wallington will run on the weekends of December 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18, with carol singing and seasonal music in the house between 10.30am-3.30pm alongside the chance to make festive things and enjoy a story or two in the company of Mrs Santa Claus.

Her husband will be making an appearance on the same weekends in his cosy grotto. Children can meet him and receive a special gift. It costs £6 per child and booking is essential on 01670 773600.

The Belford Singers return to Wallington for a Christmas concert full of festive melodies and harmonies on December 10 between 4.30pm-6.30pm in the atmospheric setting of the Central Hall. Tickets cost £12 for adults and £6 for children bookable on 0844 249 1895.

Meanwhile, Kielder Observatory will be throwing open its doors for a Christmas event between 8pm-11pm on December 17 with a log fire, mulled wine and an as yet unannounced but distinguished speaker (past guests have included Jerry Gilmore and the 14th Astronomer Royal, Professor Sir Arnold Wolfendale).

Then it will be outside to gaze at the heavens and use the observatory’s fantastic telescopes to look at distant objects in the Universe. It promises to be an unforgettable and spiritually rejuvenating event far removed from the usual consumerism of Christmas.

Tickets cost £8 each. Call 07805 638469.

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